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Table Olive Workshops


South African table olive expert Linda Costa’s presentations and workshops at the 2018 and 2019 National Olive Conferences were a hit and left growers wanting even more … so she’s heading back for a national workshop tour in early 2020.
Working with the AOA, Linda will deliver a series of full day workshops in major production regions across the country, ensuring industry-wide access to her expertise. The workshops will cover all aspects of table olive production and marketing, from varietal options and processing methods to food safety and consumer demand. There will be lots of opportunity for Q & A. A draft program appears below.

Draft Program

08h00 – 08h30            Registration, Tea/ Coffee

08h30 – 09h00            Economic Context – market overview, cost structures

09h00 – 10h00:            Principles of Table Olive Fermentation, different methods of processing olive fruit – Part 1

10h00 – 10h30:            Break

10h30 – 11h30:            Principles of Table Olive Fermentation, different methods of processing olive fruit – Part 2

11h30 – 12h30            Cultivar Conundrum – with tasting of as many cultivars as we can get. This will be good experience of the methods discussed earlier.

12h30 – 13h30:            Lunch

13h30 – 15h00:            Spoilage Issues and corrective actions

15h00 – 15h30:            Australian Food Safety Requirements

15h30 – 16h00:            Break

16:00 – 17h30             Table Olives as a functional food. Maintaining quality standards, while meeting consumer demands.

17h30 – 19:30             Drinks and Light Meal


AOA members and Levy Payers: $100 plus GST

Others: $120 plus GST

Workshop regions and dates are as follows. Click on the register here links for full details and to register.

Tasmania 19/02/20 – registrations now closed.

Victoria 21/02/20 – registrations now closed.

South Australia 23/02/20 – registrations now closed.

New South Wales 25/02/20 – registrations now closed.

ACT – 27/02/20 – Registrations now closed.

WA – 01/03/20 – Registrations now closed.

For further details contact Liz Bouzoudis,, 0478 606 145

The National Table Olive Workshops are part of the Olive levy project Australian olive industry communications and extension program (OL18000), funded by Hort Innovation, using the Hort Innovation olive research and development levy, co-investment from the Australian Olive Association and contributions from the Australian Government.